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“Go at Sunrise and Sunset”

Olive Pink Botanic Garden
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Owner description: The 16 ha area that is now Olive Pink Botanic Garden was gazetted in 1956 as the Australian Arid Regions Flora Reserve after intense lobbying by the Garden’s founder, and first honorary curator, Miss Olive Muriel Pink.The Garden is part of a substantial area of contiguous Crown Land that extends east from the Todd River on the southern edge of the Alice Springs Central Business District. Prior to 1956 the land was unoccupied and grazed variously by feral goat, rabbit, and cattle populations, such that the vegetation on the floodplain area was fairly modified and devoid of tree and shrub cover when Miss Pink took up occupancy there in 1956.Miss Pink and her Warlpiri assistant gardeners spent the next two decades battling drought conditions and almost non-existent operational funding to develop Miss Pink’s vision for the Reserve. Together they planted a somewhat eclectic collection of trees and shrubs native to the central Australian region as well as various cacti, garden flowers, and introduced trees around Home Hut that could withstand the harsh summers.
Reviewed 13 July 2014

This is a gorgeous, free park. Sculptures, indigenous plants, kangaroos roaming free. Park benches. At sunset some residents go to watch the kangaroo and seem to enjoy pointing them out to visitors. In the early morning you can't beat the golden sunlight turning the hills orange--wonderful photos especially if you spot a kangaroo sitting atop the hill.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Great gardens. Not like your normal botanical gardens but still very pleasant. We spent a few hours walking around.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

We had afternoon spare and noticed ad for this, so went. Apart from cafe closing early, found it delightful. Quiet, picturesque trails with useful info boards, we spent half hour watching rock kangaroos and couple of hours wandering around.

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Very interesting to see the variety of trees and shrubs etc. Nice view from the top of the hill. Nice food and pleasant staff.

Thank Brian T
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

I went a couple of times, both times around 5 o'clock (the park closes at 6) so that I would have a better chance of seeing some wildlife and so that the light on the town and The Gap would not be as harsh for photography. I was not disappointed! The hill is an easy climb and has a lovely view of The Gap and is a good spot to get an overview of the town. I was also able to hang out with a couple of kangaroos for quite some time, completely undisturbed as I only saw two other people in the park the whole time I was there.
Another highlight was the informative signage that is posted around the garden. They really give some good information about the plants and their various traditional uses, even for someone with only a mild to moderate interest in plants. I really enjoyed my visits.

Thank Rose D
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